Mark 4:35-41: Jesus Calms the Storm
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
It’s no secret that the disciples struggled with their faith in Jesus as the Son of God. They believed, but the world that they lived in sent many storms their way that caused their faith to waver from time to time. Jesus, through miracles like this calming of the storm, sought to increase the disciples faith in Jesus as the divine Son of God. The disciples, like many of us, struggled in their faith and they seemed to allow the many storms of life to influence their faith.
Almost every day, I meet someone who allows the many storms of life, to carry them further away from the arms of a loving and caring God. We let this storm, this world that we live in, influence us and we sometimes lose sight of the peace and refuge that God so freely offers. I am not suggesting that we won’t face troubles and trials in our lives, because we will. As a Christian however, we must remember to call upon the name of our creator, redeemer, and sustainer to help us through challenging times.
There are many of you today who are going through some type of storm in your life. That storm may be brewing in your place of work. I recently read, that more and more people are giving up vacation days, because they fear that time off could cost them their job. What is the ultimate cost of spending more time at work? Is there less time for family, fewer quiet moments with God?
Finding work is another storm that many people are trying to navigate. I am aware of people that have not worked in over a year. They are struggling to find a way to support their family and keep their home and their dignity. Like the disciples, their faith tends to waver as the storms of life threaten to overwhelm them.
I know people that are facing storms in their family life. Relationships are crumbling and there is increased hostility between family members. Bills are piling up and this tends to cause stress and anger levels to intensify also. Family life, which should be a dwelling of safe haven and encouragement, becomes a place of anger and distrust. Where is God in the life of the family? Have you allowed the storms of life to push God further and further away?
The disciples saw Jesus up close and yet their faith needed to be increased. They saw Jesus perform many miracles and healings but their faith needed to be strengthened. They were first hand witnesses to Jesus calming this furious storm and yet they were still afraid and they questioned just who Jesus was. Mark gives us the answer as to the identity of Jesus in the very first verse of the book of Mark. Mark 1:1: “The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
Christ was there with the disciples in the midst of this storm that came up suddenly on the Sea of Galilee. Christ is also present with us as we navigate the many storms of life that come our way. As believers, we are reminded to remember that Christ is available for us today, guiding us through the dark moments of life into a place of safety and rest. Remember to call upon the name of Jesus when the storms of life threaten to overwhelm you. The Son of God is available and is waiting for us to call upon him so that He can guide us from the darkness into the light.
Jesus speaks to us today as he did to his disciples over two thousand years ago: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”